TANROADS underlines importance of capacity building for its engineers

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) has emphasised on the importance of building capacity among its engineers, arguing that a move enables them to supervise road infrastructure construction effectively.

Chief Executive Officer of the TANROADS, Eng Mohamed Besta, said the government has continued building professional capacity for the agency’s engineers.

Eng Besta made the statement in Dar es Salaam on Monday this week when he officially opened the training for the agency’s 49 newly employed engineers, who would be allocated to various places in the country in efforts to address shortage of such professionals in the construction sector.

He said the new development is part of efforts made by the government to increase the agency’s capacity.

“This training has been conducted in order to make the new employees productive. The aim is to improve work performance, particularly on supervising standards in road construction,” he said as he took the opportunity to thank President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan and the Works Ministry for giving a green light to the agency to recruit more engineers.

He said the new engineers will go to add more efficiency in areas where shortage of engineers was felt following retirement or relocation of agency’s engineers.

“We should build the capacity of these new engineers, they should understand that they are going to serve road infrastructures with a total length of 36,760 km countrywide and other construction projects,” he said.

He expressed optimism that after the training their capacity will be enhanced.

“We will continue providing such training regularly so as to continue building their capacity according to technological changes,” he said.

On his part, TANROADS Human Resources Manager Pilika Kasanda said the new staff have been contracted from October this year.

“This is part of implementation of President Samia’s directive to the agency to employ 125 workers to supervise ongoing new projects initiated by the government,” he said, adding: “In this first phase we have recruited 49 engineers.”

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